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Important Cold Weather Tips to Prepare Your Family for Winter

The leaves have changed colours and fallen from the trees. This is a sign to get ready for winter’s breeze. The cold weather does bring about harsh conditions, but when you’re prepared in advance, you can take on the cold in any capacity.

For some people, the cold weather kind of sneaks up on you. You know that the season is about to change, but you don’t realize how quickly it happens. It’s like one minute you’re wearing shorts and tank tops, and the next minute, you’re bundling up in your winter coat and boots!

Winter weather isn’t necessarily a bad thing though. When you’re prepared for it properly, it truly can be the “most wonderful time of the year,” regardless of what summer lovers say. So, if you want to survive winter this year, there are a few precautions you need to take. Here are some tips to follow when getting your family ready for the cold weather.

Wear Warm Clothes and Accessories

Warm clothes are essential for your family. You want to ensure that no one leaves your home without wearing the proper clothing.

When people hear warm clothing, they immediately think of big bulky clothes. This couldn’t be further from the truth; there are stylish clothes for you and your children that keep you warm, as well as keeping you trendy.

When the kids want to go outside and play, you don’t have to put them in a big snowsuit like Randy from “A Christmas Story.” A warm coat with great insulation is key. To go along with that coat, you’ll want to equip your little ones with warm accessories.

Hats, scarves, and gloves are also a necessity when combating the cold weather, and you can look good doing it. The accessories are just as important as the coat, and you really can’t have one without the other. Equipping your kids with stylish winter apparel will not only speak volumes about your parenting skills, but it will also be a testament to your good taste in fashion and flare.

Prepare Warm and Filling Meals

Winter time is the season of comfort foods. This also means the season of one pot meals. So break out your crock pots, and get your family ready to feast on all kinds of chilis and beef stews.

The warm and filling meals of the season usually include meat, potatoes, and beans. Now you create your own variations on those ingredients, but the majority of winter meals include at least one of those in the recipe.

These one pot meals also allow you more time with your family. The ease of these warm and filling meals let you dump all of your ingredients in the pot or crock pot, put a lid on it, and get back to your family. Your family can watch a movie, and by the time the movie is over, you can enjoy a warm and delicious meal with your family. If that doesn’t give your meal the proper title of “comfort food,” nothing will.

Winter-Proof Your Home

Preparing your family for winter’s arrival is a great precautionary measure to take for your home. There are several simple and easy things you can do around your house to prepare.

One tip would be to salt your driveway, and any steps or pathways you may have that lead to your home. This prevents any slips and falls by you, your family, or any visitors you may have. Taking this precaution is great because it shows you care about the safety of your family and others.

Another way to winter-proof your home is to use draft guards. A draft guard is a material that keeps hot or cold air from entering your home. It can be used in windows and doors. People have even made their own draft guards, calling them door snakes. These are made of fabrics of your choice and sewn to look like a snake. Door snakes are typically made stuffed with scrap fabric, rice, or beans, and can be used on doors or windows as well.

*This is a collaborative post*

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